What a surprise to find out that I was quoted in The Washington Post today! I’m featured talking about travel and climate change. You can read the original article on their website by clicking this link.
Christopher Elliott, a well-respected travel journalist and travel ombudsman, interviewed me. I have followed Chris’s work for years through his career (including National Geographic Traveler).
He interviewed me about climate change and how it is impacting travel this summer for his article in The Washington Post.
Climate Change and Travel
As an RVer who traveled to National Parks all summer, I was surprised (and sick, quite literally) from the shockingly high temperatures we found. And we were just 10 miles from the Canadian border in Glacier National Park.
Our vision was to live off of the grid in the National Parks and at state parks, too.
What we found was that the heat was so intense, that it was physically impossible to boondock (live without electricity or water and sewer hookups) in our RV. Many of the campsites at National Parks and State Parks have no hookups.
So trying to grab those few that do have electricity, water and sewer requires planning months in advance usually.
I actually had heat exhaustion on the first day we got to Glacier National Park and was sick for several hours. Our truck even overheated on the way to Glacier National Park, too, going up a steep grade in mid-90s weather in July.
We loved our time at Glacier National Park (here’s 25 Travel Tips for Glacier National Park), but if we go back, we’ll definitely be getting a hotel with air conditioning. That will be challenging inside the park, though, since so many hotels are historic and don’t have air conditioning in the rooms (when they were built, the weather wasn’t as much of an issue as it is now).
During our visits to Grand Tetons National Park, we’ve encountered extremes in temperatures, too. It has been snowing one day and then the next day I got a sunburn from hiking in the warm sunshine.
Here are some pictures and videos from our time in Glacier National Park. We love their commitment to sustainability.
National Parks Tips and Tricks
We love the National Parks! Here’s some helpful tips for your travel to the National Park System or just getting outdoors.
These are the 4 things I always bring hiking (because you just never know). If you’re camping or RVing, you might appreciate this mini solar power generator. It’s great for charging phones and laptops. And an emergency power supply off the grid.
If you’re making s’mores on a campfire, you will definitely want to check out these healthier-for-you s’mores ingredients (don’t worry, they taste just as good as the bad stuff!).
These Nomadik Subscription Boxes for Outdoor Adventure Gear really get me excited to get outdoors more. They are full of helpful items that can be used while hiking, camping, RVing or in an emergency kit. But the best part is also that they inspire wanderlust!